Don’t give alms, OCSWD pleas

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

WE CAN help Badjaos by not giving.

With the Yuletide season coming, Badjaos are just some of those expected to flock the Summer Capital to beg in the streets.

Baguio to cut down contractual appointments on 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan disclosed during his weekly forum last week that by year 2015, the services of the contractual in the City Government under a job order appointment will be lessened.

It can be recalled the Commission on Audit has questioned the significant number of job order appointments in the city specifying that hiring contractual employees must be on a certain period of time for a certain special tasks and responsibilities.

Beneco asked to install led lights

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:40 p.m.

THE City Council will request the Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc. (Beneco) to install light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights for free, including fixtures and consumption in all barangays requesting replacement of busted light bulbs and fixtures.

The body recently approved a resolution asking the power firm to provide the service as part of its "corporate social responsibility."

Cordi ladies in San Diego reach out to ailing girl

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

EXPATRIATE Cordillerans in San Diego, California, on their way to a year-end reunion with their "kailians" in Las Vegas, reconnected to the homeland by dipping into their pockets for an ailing girl trying to survive on dialysis.

Bob Aliping, a Baguio boy from Bauko, Mt. Province who triggered the sudden pass-the-hat inside the bus, collected from the passengers $230 which he sent through Western Union upon their return to San Diego.

APRI cuts Abra power

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

IT’S a bleak Christmas for Abra.

AP Renewables Inc. (APRI) finally terminated its amended Power Supply Agreement (PSA) with the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco), noontime Monday, December 15.

Household listing 72% complete

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:09 p.m.

HOUSEHOLD assessment in Baguio City by the Department of Social Welfare and Development's Listahanan are almost done.

The household assessment being done by trained youth enumerators, which started October is already at 72.1 percent and is expected to be completed by December 20.

DOH notes increase in measles cases

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

MEASLES cases in the Cordillera Administrative Region have increased by 119 percent this year compared to last year.

DOH-CAR OIC Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan said that for the year 2013, there were 73 cases of measles with one fatality while for the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 6 this year, there were already 160 measles cases with one fatality in the region during the Kapihan sa Baguio of the Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Regional Office at the Regional Training Center last December 10.

Better Benguet pine seen

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:49 p.m.

THE Department of Science and Technogy-Cordillera is looking to develop the Benguet pine.

DOST-CAR Regional Director Julius Sicat recently reported the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR is already mulling to partner with them in improving the Benguet pine conventionally and through biotechnology.

Ifugao tourism village eyed by 2016

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

GOVERNOR Denis Habawel is eyeing the set up of an Ifugao Village in order to boost tourism and spread development in the province.

Habawel said the Village will be set up in a privately owned lot near the ridges of Batad.

‘Know your HIV status’ – DOH-CAR

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

THE Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) is encouraging individuals to take a test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Geeny Austria, STI/HIV Coordinator of DOH-CAR, said at the DOH’s monthly press forum that individuals should know their HIV status by going to accredited HIV testing areas.

Baguio mayor still batting for Cordillera autonomy

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 08:25 p.m.

BAGUIO CITY -- Mayor Mauricio Domogan continues to rally officials of the region to lobby for the passage of House Bill 4649, the fourth draft organic act for Cordillera autonomy.

“As your conference theme so states, autonomy is the key to economic progress of our region; it is the future of the Cordillera,” Domogan told members of the Philippine Councilors League-Cordillera in their three-day conference on self-rule.

Tourism roads in Cordillera eyed

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

MORE roads will lead to the mountains.

Cordillera officials, along with the Department of Tourism (DOT), linked up with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the opening of more roads leading to tourism sites here.

Domogan: Pyro ban may have exemptions

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 08:15 p.m.

THE ban on selling and using of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics may have exemptions.

While Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan has been stern on banning the distribution of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in the Summer Capital, he said exemptions may be applied as long as they are guided by certain rules and regulations.

No need for genetically modified strawberries - expert

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 08:10 p.m.

BENGUET farmers do not need frost resistant varieties of strawberries yet.

Leoncia Tandang, a professor from the College of Agriculture of Benguet State University, said while there are already genetically modified varieties of strawberries available abroad, strawberry farmers in the province do not need it.

Booklet on young adults’ health launched

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 08:08 p.m.

THE Bonjing team, in partnership with the City Government of Baguio through the City Health Services Office, launched a FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) booklet which aims to provide young adults with valuable information on youth concerns especially on reproductive health.

APRI delays power pullout

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:02 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Another reprieve has been given the beleaguered Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO).

AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) Associate VP for Corporate Communications Ria Calleja said disconnection has been delayed for the cooperative until December 15, giving leeway for the Department of Energy’s request for another extension for the electric cooperative.

Alternate routes to solid waste management site in Apugan eyed

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:00 p.m.

THE BAGUIO City Government is mulling alternative roads to make the proposed integrated solid waste management system in Apugan, Sto. Tomas more accessible.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan reported the local government is looking into alternate routes leading to the ISWMS site for easier access and to cut expenses on the transfer of solid wastes.

Baguio mayor stresses stand vs gambling

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:59 p.m.

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan strongly backed Bishop Carlito Cenzon's plea to nullify permits issued for operation of any gambling activity in Baguio City.

"On our part, I actually agree with the bishop na kung may establishments kung saan nilalaro nila lahat ng klase ng sugal through the internet ay ayaw natin yan," he stressed adding any establishment found operating electronic gambling should also be stopped.

DA’s CHARMP 2 nears completion

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Efforts to re green and promote agroforestry in the region have been ongoing.

In a report, the Department of Agriculture noted an 87.1% completion of the 2nd Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) in a bid to promote rural progress across the nation.

Official quietly ushers in Yule spirit

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:57 p.m.

AS SHE occasionally does, a lady department head at city hall quietly ushered in the spirit of giving last Wednesday morning by sharing P1,000 she advised to be given to any of the needy patients airing their plea for support through the local weeklies.

The amount will help pay for a hemodialysis session of Godofredo Delmas Domilies, a former printing press manager who was diagnosed last October for end-stage kidney failure and was advised to submit himself to twice-a-week blood-cleansing treatment for life.

Lupons oriented on brgy justice system

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:56 p.m.

TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Aimed to enhance their capability in conflict resolution, members of various lupong tagamayapa in the province participated in an enhancement seminar on Accessing Justice through a Gender Responsive, Child Friendly and Culture- Sensitive Katarungang Pambarangay conducted by the Interior and Local Government provincial office.

Bakun High School engages in climate change advocacy

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:55 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The youth indeed can be active advocates in saving Mother Earth and fighting climate change.

Jazer Patingan, student leader of Bakun National High School, led his fellow students in planting 2,000 pine tree saplings and 500 coffee saplings donated by Hedcor Benguet at Sitiu Bito Forest, Barangay Poblacion, Bakun, Benguet recently.

Benguet sports center rehab sought

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:53 p.m.

IN A bid to improve sports development programs and projects in the province, Benguet will seek to rehabilitate the sports center starting next year.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan announced during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 provincial meet Wednesday the province is set to allocate funds to be used exclusively for the province owned sports facility.

Murillo: In the Spirit of Christmas

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

POPE Francis was said to have gathered many gifts he had received, auctioned them off and instructed his staff to save the money they get from the sales, for the poor. I think some of this amount Pope Francis would bring to the Philippines for the Tacloban victims. This Pope seems to personify many images for a great number of people. He must be a Robin Hood, or another St. Francis of Assisi. Any where we turn though, we know that his heart beats for the poor all over the world. God bless this Pope, he must really have Christ within him!

‘Give biotech a chance’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 08:36 p.m.

BIOTECHNOLOGY can help us compete in the ASEAN Integration 2015.

Department of Science and Technology - Cordillera Administrative Region regional director Julius Caezar Sicat stressed the region should welcome biotechnology to improve agricultural production.

Traders see slump in veggie sales

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 08:32 p.m.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Even if Typhoon Ruby spared the region from its wrath, vegetables traders still see a slowdown in profit.

Augusta Balanoy Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative (BFMC) executive manager, said effects of the typhoon is seen in the end markets and not the highland farms, as the typhoon hit parts of Visayas and central Manila forcing traders to lessen vegetables to be sent for deliveries to these places.

SSS releases bonuses

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 08:31 p.m.

THE Social Security System has allocated P6 billion to be distributed to around 1.9 million pensioners this month.

This as part of SSS's year-end tradition which started 1988.

More indigent studes get education aid

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 08:28 p.m.

FROM just 299 students, an additional 900 poor college students have now been given the opportunity to enter college with the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA).

This joint program of the national government, including the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Budget and Management Department of Social Welfare and Development, and state universities and colleges (SUCs), provides scholarship and stipend to potential scholars entering college level from households under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Abra power pullout seen

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 08:40 p.m.

BAGUIO -- Darkness may befall Abra after all, as AP Renewables Inc. (Apri) has given another disconnection notice to the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) after it failed to pay arrears last month.

Power is supposed to be pulled out Tuesday, December 9.

Bangsamoro law to lure Muslims back

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 08:34 p.m.

THE passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law may bring Muslims home.

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos-Baguio-Benguet provincial director Abel Macarimpas said with the corresponding security promised by the Bangsamoro Basic Law, its passage may lessen the population of Muslims and other indigenous people from Mindanao in the Summer Capital and nearby areas or provinces.

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